A beginning farmer is defined by the USDA as a person who has operated a farm or ranch for 10 years or less.
QUALIFYING FOR A BEGINNING FARMER SCHOLARSHIP
NOFA-NJ offers beginning farmers scholarships to attend courses, workshops and conferences that improve farming or business skills. The scholarships are limited in amount and number available. NOFA-NJ program and workshop scholarships will be internally applied. In order to be eligible for scholarships you must be a beginning farmer and a NOFA-NJ member in good standing.* Please review current opportunities and see the scholarship request form below. These scholarship funds were donated by community members through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign - thank you, donors!
CURRENT SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Exploring the Small Farm Dream: $150 value
Have you ever thought about starting a farm? Whether your vision includes making goat cheese, selling cut flowers, or growing rare tomato varieties, this course will give you the tools to start making that dream come true. Whether you are thinking of going into farming full-time, part-time, or expanding an existing hobby farm into a business, this course will help you turn your farm dream into an actionable farm plan.
Participants will discuss current opportunities in small-scale agriculture production; explore personal objectives; assess personal and financial resources; conduct preliminary market research; and develop an action plan for pursuing their interests in food and farming. Presentations by established farmers and tours of local farms will help participants explore their ideas. This class does NOT cover technical production skills.
This class is being held March 7-29 in 5 sessions.
*The dollar amount granted through the scholarship will vary by event and demand. In most cases, 50% of an event's cost will be covered, but that will not always be the case. Please fill out this scholarship request form prior to registering for the NOFA-NJ program and wait for further instruction.